Skip to comments.WWI in color photos
Posted on 04/18/2014 8:52:59 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
Austrian Soldier, Eastern Europe, 1915
German troops in Berlin, 1914
Ambulances in Palestine, 1918
French trenches, 1916
Senegalese troops, France, 1917
Dead Italian soldiers, Italy, 1915
Great pictures....are those poppies in the French trench ?
Wow. Interesting to see color photos of a war I’ve always imagined in black and white.
That was a big ‘meat grinder’. To this day, you have a difficult time finding out why that war even happened.
One thing IS certain: How it ended virtually guaranteed the next one.
What a waste.
Europe has never recovered from that war.
Sure looks like it. I wonder if they might have harvested them for medicinal purposes. I’d imagine pain meds weren’t nearly as plentiful or readily available back then.
That Austrian trench looks luxury. No trench foot in that thing. I expect it has a billiard bunker.
Maybe but I was thinking more like the poppies that LTC John McRae wrote about in his Poem "In Flanders Field".
Yeah we have a distorted perspective because of all the black and white movies and photos we have seen. I remember people complaining about colorized movies of WW1 as “unauthentic”. In fact they showed a more authentic view of the war, to the participants, it was a full color experience.
Poppies supposedly grew where ever the soil was disturbed, and there was a lot of disturbed soil in that conflict. The overabundance of poppies resulted in the adoption of the flower for veteran’s day and verterans’ groups giving poppies in exchange for a donation to their cause.
Yes, and not only did they experience it in full color but from their perspective everything was going ultra-modern with new weapons like flame-throwers, poison gas, and tanks. The old-time biplanes looked quite modern to the participants.
>To this day, you have a difficult time finding out why that war even happened.<
The ball started rolling after a Muslim pulled a trigger in Serajevo.
Those pictures were likely hand colored. My grandfather was in WWI and a photographer. He taught me how to hand color black and white photos.
Those red poppies are all over the country side in Germany, France, and other countries alongside the road.
No, they are not the type that produces heroin.
I suspect the latter is a big part of explaining the former.
I agree. Hand colored. Not as skillfully done as the Civil War ones, which are REALLY good.
which Muslim? Gavrilo Princip was a Serbian.
LOL! Not likely.
Hildebrand used the autochrome process, patented in 1903 by the Lumière brothers, who are also credited with making the earliest videos.
You can google for more of his work. He was the real deal.
Or have a look at these.
Or check out the even earlier photos of Prokudin-Gorskii, a Russian photographer, who used a process of his own invention, but which worked well enough that the Czar outfitted him with a special rail car and sent him out to photograph All Russias.
Hand-colored is work stupid. Invent a new process is work smart.
“I agree. Hand colored. Not as skillfully done as the Civil War ones, which are REALLY good.”
Uh, no. Several of those I recognize as being part of a series of real color photographs from the period.
Despite popular misconception, color photography did exist during the first world war. I’m aware of two different processes in use at the time, a chemical process in use by the photographer responsible for several of the posted images, as well as rather ingenious method of blending together monochrome images captured by a compound camera in use by a Czarist Russian photographer.
Though I do find it amusing that you think the real color photographs aren’t as good as painted-over black&white photographs.
I guess I should have read through the rest of the replies first before I posted - my point has already been made (with links no less).
Thanks for that though, nice post.
The Germans issued a Butcher Blade Bayonet that had versions with a saw back on it. Allied troops disliked it so much they threatened to mutilate Germans they found with it. Many of the Germans ground down the saw kerfs off the ones they had, so the story goes.
Thank you for the link! Bookmarking! Fascinating!
“I guess I should have read through the rest of the replies first before I posted - “
I often read the story and then post with the idea of seeing how many others made any or all of my points before . Get’s a little depressing at times...
But he was a Muslim student as noted in history books.
Part Serbian, he was born in Bosnia. Here’s a picture of his parents.
Life on World War One front through a German soldier’s eyes